Lehigh Gap Nature Center

connecting people with nature through Conservation, Education, and Research

Upcoming events at LGNC:

Dec
4
Sat
Holiday Open House
Dec 4 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Holiday Open House

Join us for the return of LGNC’s annual holiday tradition! This year’s event will include:

  • Holiday Crafts — Create free nature crafts and bird seed cookies to take home!
  • DIY Wreath and Swag Making — Make your own holiday wreath or swag! Fresh greens, bows, wire, and decorations will be provided. Bring your own wreath ring if you have one. A limited supply of metal wreath rings will be available for a $5.00 donation.
  • Live Music — Enjoy holiday tunes by Good Times Piano Music with Joe Lazorik!
  • Opticron Optics Sales — Purchase a holiday gift for the naturalist in your family!
  • Nature Walk  Take a late autumn stroll on LGNC’s trails!
  • Holiday Treat Potluck — Bring some holiday cookies or other goodies to share on the porch of the Osprey House!
  • Quilt Raffle — Enter for a chance to win a beautiful handmade quilt!

LGNC is currently requiring masks indoors. Free masks will be available inside the Osprey House.

Dec
9
Thu
LGNC Speaker Series: Daniel Klem, Jr., Ph.D.
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
LGNC Speaker Series: Daniel Klem, Jr., Ph.D.

“Solid Air: Invisible Killer — Saving Billions of Birds from Windows” — Daniel Klem, Jr., Ph.D.

It is estimated that upwards of 1 billion birds are killed by glass in the United States alone each year, making window strikes a leading cause of bird mortality. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the issue of bird-window collisions, Dr. Daniel Klem, Jr. will present on the cause and breadth of this universal problem and how to solve it.

Daniel Klem, Jr., Ph.D. is the Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology in the Department of Biology at Muhlenberg College.

Register here to attend in person or virtually:

In-person registration (limit 50) register here!

Virtual registration (limit 95) register here!

 

About the 2021/22 Speaker Series:

Beginning in fall 2021, there will now be two options to enjoy LGNC’s Speaker Series presentations! We will be welcoming a limited audience (50 registrants max) back to the Osprey House to attend presentations in person. Presentations will also be live-streamed on Zoom for those who wish to attend from the comfort of home. All Speaker Series presentations are free, but registration for the in-person and virtual options is required via EventBrite.

Please contact us at mail@lgnc.org if you have any questions!

Dec
13
Mon
Naturalist Club Meeting
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Naturalist Club Meeting @ Slatington | Pennsylvania | United States

Youth in grades 7 through 12 are invited to join the Naturalist Club, LGNC’s extracurricular environmental club for middle and high school students! Members of this club are involved with year-round educational activities, outdoor adventures, and research projects at the refuge. For more information or to sign up, please contact LGNC Program Specialist Chad Schwartz at chad.schwartz@lgnc.org.

Dec
16
Thu
Cabin Fever Book Club
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cabin Fever Book Club

Join us for a discussion of Stephen Kuusisto’s Have Dog Will Travel!

About the Cabin Fever Book Club:

The Cabin Fever Book Club meets once a month during the fall and winter months to discuss fascinating books on such topics as ecology, environmental history, and environmentalism. The 2021-22 Cabin Fever Book Club meetings will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the dates listed below! Books will be available at the Palmerton and Slatington libraries, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and on Amazon.com (at a cost). Please contact us at mail@lgnc.org if you have any questions, or if you would like to lead a discussion!

Until we can safely meet in person again, all Book Club meetings will take place on Zoom.

2021-2022 Cabin Fever Book Club Reading List:

November 18, 2021: Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
December 16, 2021: Have Dog Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto
January 20, 2022: The Last Viking by Stephen R. Bown
February 17, 2022: Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
March 17, 2022: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Jan
20
Thu
Cabin Fever Book Club
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cabin Fever Book Club

Join us for a discussion of Doug Tallamy’s Nature’s Best Hope!

About the Cabin Fever Book Club:

The Cabin Fever Book Club meets once a month during the fall and winter months to discuss fascinating books on such topics as ecology, environmental history, and environmentalism. The 2021-22 Cabin Fever Book Club meetings will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the dates listed below! Books will be available at the Palmerton and Slatington libraries, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and on Amazon.com (at a cost). Please contact us at mail@lgnc.org if you have any questions, or if you would like to lead a discussion!

2021-2022 Cabin Fever Book Club Reading List:

November 18, 2021: Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
December 16, 2021: Have Dog Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto
January 20, 2022: Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
February 17, 2022: The Last Viking by Stephen R. Bown
March 17, 2022: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Feb
17
Thu
Cabin Fever Book Club
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cabin Fever Book Club

Join us for a discussion of Stephen R. Bown’s The Last Viking!

About the Cabin Fever Book Club:

The Cabin Fever Book Club meets once a month during the fall and winter months to discuss fascinating books on such topics as ecology, environmental history, and environmentalism. The 2021-22 Cabin Fever Book Club meetings will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the dates listed below! Books will be available at the Palmerton and Slatington libraries, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and on Amazon.com (at a cost). Please contact us at mail@lgnc.org if you have any questions, or if you would like to lead a discussion!

2021-2022 Cabin Fever Book Club Reading List:

November 18, 2021: Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
December 16, 2021: Have Dog Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto
January 20, 2022: Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
February 17, 2022: The Last Viking by Stephen R. Bown
March 17, 2022: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Mar
17
Thu
Cabin Fever Book Club
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cabin Fever Book Club

Join us for a discussion of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass!

About the Cabin Fever Book Club:

The Cabin Fever Book Club meets once a month during the fall and winter months to discuss fascinating books on such topics as ecology, environmental history, and environmentalism. The 2021-22 Cabin Fever Book Club meetings will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the dates listed below! Books will be available at the Palmerton and Slatington libraries, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and on Amazon.com (at a cost). Please contact us at mail@lgnc.org if you have any questions, or if you would like to lead a discussion!

2021-2022 Cabin Fever Book Club Reading List:

November 18, 2021: Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
December 16, 2021: Have Dog Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto
January 20, 2022: Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
February 17, 2022: The Last Viking by Stephen R. Bown
March 17, 2022: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Michal Kubik Memorial Fund

LGNC is pleased to launch a new Memorial Fund honoring long-time member and former Board President, Michal Kubik. If you have ever attended LGNC’s Migration Fest and other events, you likely remember Michal as the friendly reptile expert who always enjoyed showing his collection of snakes, turtles, and other live animals at the Osprey House. Michal loved to share his passion for the natural world with others — both as a biology professor and as an LGNC volunteer.
Michal’s family established the Michal Kubik Memorial Fund to directly support LGNC’s educational outreach. Donations to this fund will allow LGNC to carry on Michal’s legacy and carry out his commitment to education for years to come. Please consider making a donation at this link: http://bit.ly/LGNC_Kubik_Fund
2020 Nature in Art Virtual Show!

LGNC’s 2020 Nature in Art Virtual Show is now live!

Anita Collins has put together a virtual art show of all winners from past events. To view the show please Click Here!

LGNC Online Learning Series

Introducing a new online video series from LGNC!

While our in-person programs for schools and the community are on hold for the time being, our education team has been busy creating virtual education resources for all to use and enjoy! New videos are now being posted regularly to our YouTube page. In addition to species spotlights, we are putting together a variety of science lessons and virtual tours of the Refuge!

Here is the link to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/LGNC_YouTube

Be sure to like our videos and subscribe to our channel!!!

LGNC Restoration Mini Documentary

Dan Kunkle's Retirement and LGNC Transition!

Thanks to Times News Lehighton for their recent article on Dan Kunkle’s tenure as Executive Director of LGNC! While Dan will be retiring at the end of this month, he will be joining the LGNC Board as Director Emeritus. Current staff members Chad Schwartz and Brian Birchak will serve as Co-directors of the Nature Center beginning on January 1, 2020.

Click Here for the article!!!

Remembering Bill Mineo
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Bill Mineo, one of LGNC’s founding members. We mourn the loss of this key figure in Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s creation and success. Click here for the Autumn 2017 Wildlife Activist  (#81) to read a recent Board member spotlight article on Bill. Also, click here to view Bill’s obituary. Our condolences to the family.
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